Dec 22, 2016
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Freshman Gage Curry won the 125-pound bracket to lead four place-winners for American University on Thursday at the 84th annual Wilkes Open wrestling tournament hosted by Wilkes University.
Fellow freshman Kizhan Clarke was third at 141 pounds after going 5-1 on his day, while junior Jeric Kasunic placed third in the 197-pound division. Senior Cole Moseley was fourth at 157 pounds, joining Kasunic and Curry with four victories on a productive Thursday.
"Gage had a great day with his first collegiate tournament win," said AU head coach Teague Moore. "Kizhan also turned in a great day with his third-place finish. Jeric and Cole finished well, and I think overall we learned from the experience.
"We'll continue to get better. This event allows our student-athletes to test themselves one more time before heading home for Christmas. We'll return to action at the Midlands Invitational with five of our starters competing there."
Curry, who is expected to redshirt this season, won his first two matches and needed just 23 seconds to pin Kyle Atkins of Buffalo in his semifinal. In the 125-pound championship, he took a 4-1 lead in the first period with a pair of takedowns and went on to a 6-1 decision over Guesseppe Rea of host Wilkes.
Clarke, also expected to redshirt for the Eagles, split his first two matches. He then won his next four bouts in the consolation bracket, including a 3-1 sudden-victory triumph over Mark McCormick of Rider to claim third place.
Kasunic won twice to reach the 197-pound semifinal, where he lost 2-1 to NC State's Nick Hall on the riding-time point. He then won major decisions over J.T. Correll of Wyoming Seminary Prep (12-2) and Luke Farinaro of Duke (12-3) to earn third in his weight class.
Moseley also split his first two matches at 157, but caught fire in the consolation bracket. He pinned Mike Worthington of the New York Athletic Club in 1:02 and Kobe Garrehy of Buffalo in 30 seconds, then edged AU teammate Tom Page, 3-2, before losing in the third-place bout.
Page advanced to the semifinals at 157 with three straight victories, but lost to eventual champ Justin Staudenmayer of Brown, 5-0, before being edged by Moseley.
The Wilkes Open included 43 collegiate and club teams from around the U.S.
American will send wrestlers to the Ken Kraft Midlands Invitational at Northwestern University on Dec. 29 and 30. The Eagles return home on Friday, Jan. 6 to host the AU Duals, facing Wyoming at 3 p.m., Army West Point at 5:00 and North Carolina at 7 p.m.
Tickets to all AU home wrestling matches are available online at www.aueagles.com/tickets.